The 18-year-old son of a California police chief is facing felony charges after he and a 16-year-old allegedly battered and spat on an elderly Sikh man as he took a morning stroll.
KTVT spotted Tyrone McAllister smiling and flipping off the camera during his arraignment on Friday. McAllister is charged with elder abuse, attempted robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with Monday’s attack on Sahib Singh Natt, 71, in Gravestone Park.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, McAllister and a 16-year-old accomplice approached Natt as he was taking a walk and asked him for money. Police said surveillance footage showed the pair kicking Natt as he was on the ground.
McAllister reportedly comes back into frame to kick Natt in the head three more times. Police believe one of the two assailants was seen waving a gun before fleeing the scene, the newspaper reported.
In a post on the Union City Police Department’s Facebook page, Chief Darryl McAllister explained Wednesday that Tyrone “lost his way” a few years ago when he got involved with a bad crowd. Since then, the father said his son has run away and was arrested twice for theft-related crimes.
The chief went on to reveal that he and his wife worked with Manteca police to apprehend and arrest his son. The Record reported that he wasn’t present for Friday’s arraignment.
“Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now. Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values. Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves,” he wrote.
The Chronicle reported that Manteca police are still trying to determine whether Monday’s attack was a hate crime.
No bail was set for Friday’s arraignment. The 18-year-old is scheduled to reappear in court on August 17.
[Featured image: Tyrone McAllister/KTVT screenshot]